Cannabis has a lot of health benefits and, generally, it is good for you. A bit of high every now and then isn’t bad either. But like many good things in the world, it may not be for everyone. So how do you know when you really need to quit or at least take a break from lighting up a joint? What signs should you look out for in order to know that it is not for you anymore?
1. Using cannabis is already taking over your priorities.
Do you feel the need to smoke cannabis even when you are at a meeting with the boss and do you actually sneak out to do just that? Do you keep putting off paying the bills because you need the money for a fresh supply of weed? Do you skip working out at the gym so you could stay home and spend time with your bong? Do you make excuses not to pick the kids up from school because you are high?
Instances like these are indicative that using cannabis is taking over important aspects of your life and are even making you shirk your responsibilities, whether at work, at home, to yourself, or to your family. You may want to cut back or take a break from your cannabis habit while you refocus and get rid of the temptation.
2. Your cannabis habit is costing you too much money.
If you find yourself spending too much on weed, that is a sure sign it’s getting out of hand. It is very easy to spend a few hundreds of dollars on a few grams of weed, but when you total your cannabis-related expenses for a whole month and realize that you could have spent that money on something you or a loved one truly needs, like loan payment, then that is your cue to take a step back. Assess your finances, and know where you stand as a cannabis user. You cannot let your cannabis habit drive you into bankruptcy. You have to learn how to limit your cannabis consumption to how much you can truly afford, without sacrificing other needs.
3. You are getting too high too often.
Do you get too high too often? Do you feel stuck most of the time, and do you always feel a disconnect between your mind and your body? Do you feel like most of the day is just a blur? Well, if you are always passing out on your friend’s couch or just about anywhere, not remembering what happened right before you woke up, then you either need a less-potent strain – in other words, a product with less THC content – or you need to take a time out and slow down a bit.
Remember, you are not invincible and your body is not made of steel. While nobody has died from cannabis overdose, there are still adverse effects. Too much THC may not be doing your body and your system good, and you will need to give them time to recuperate and spring back into tip-top shape.
4. You are no longer getting high.
If you come to a point where you are no longer feeling the effects of cannabis the way you used to, you may need to take a break in order to reset your tolerance. Or, if you are using a low-THC strain, you may need to up your THC a bit. No need to switch to harder drugs (because cannabis IS NOT a gateway drug!).
5. You constantly feel guilt or shame.
If – for some reason – using cannabis makes you feel very guilty to the point where you no longer enjoy using it, then take a break to reconcile with yourself, or just stop using it altogether. Using weed should always come hand in hand with the knowledge that it is not a bad habit, that there is nothing wrong with it as long as you are a responsible user, and that you deserve to indulge in it from time to time. When you no longer find joy in it, it means that cannabis is not for you.